Talladega: Joey Logano preview

The Home Depot Team Notes of Interest * Joey Logano will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend in the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota. Logano has competed in two other events at the 2.66-mile track, one in the...

The Home Depot Team Notes of Interest

* Joey Logano will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend in the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota. Logano has competed in two other events at the 2.66-mile track, one in the ARCA Re/Max Series and once in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Logano started from the 23rd position in the ARCA event last year, led for 15 laps, including the lap coming to the white flag before finishing second. In the Truck Series event the next day, Logano started sixth but his passenger side window net became unfastened and he lost three laps while the crew repaired it. Later in the race Logano was swept up in an incident, but finished the event in the 26th position. Logano will compete in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event this Saturday before taking the green flag in the Aaron's 499.

* Meet Joey! Fans of Logano can meet him at The Home Depot store #818 in Pell City, Ala. on Thursday, April 23 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. The store is located at 289 Vaughn Lane, off Interstate 20 at exit 158. There will be a children's workshop, photo opportunities with the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota and an autograph signing by Logano.

* Get to Know Logano! HomeDepotRacing.com launched a fan promotion that

* Welcome aboard The Home Depot Associates from store #6984 from Brownsville, Tex. The Brownsville, the southernmost city in the state of Texas, store will be recognized on The Home Depot Toyota this weekend in Talladega as it carries its store number in the Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday.

* The Home Depot Racing Team and crew chief Greg Zipadelli have 20 starts at Talladega Superspeedway. The team has one win, nine top-five and 12 top-10 finishes. The team finished 38th in last year's Aaron's 499 after an incident on lap 173 forced the team behind the wall. The car had led the race for 61 laps before the crash. The team rebounded in the fall event at Talladega after starting from the 34th spot and ending the race in victory lane.

* About last week: Logano competed in both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup races last weekend at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR). Logano finished 21st in The Home Depot Toyota and moved up two spots in the NASCAR Sprint Cup owner standings to 33rd. On Friday he drove his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Nationwide car to a fourth-place finish at the 1- mile track.

* Logano earned Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors for the sixth time in eight races and for the third consecutive week at PIR. Logano increased his lead to 13 points (86-73) over Scott Speed. Last year's top rookie finished 21st in the Aaron's 499.

Joey Logano:

"Talladega is a race of survival. Anything can happen. I'm still gaining experience in the draft, but I think I took a lot away from Daytona. Talladega will have a totally different feel than Daytona. It's so much smoother than Daytona, plus you can race four wide. The cars are so much more stable - at Daytona you move all over the place. I've raced an ARCA car and a Truck at Talladega, but this will be my first time in The Home Depot Toyota. We need to survive this race; we are making strides and have some momentum right now. So a solid finish would be big."

-credit: jgr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Scott Speed , Joey Logano
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing